22 Nov 2017

## Look for keywords inside of a column of text values

On October 17 we celebrated spreadsheet day. It was a day full of excitement around the globe! Crowds gathered around spreadsheets…dancing and drinking occurred into the wee hours of the morning. Part of the celebration included a lookup formula challenge from Debra Dalgleish (spreadsheet day creator). (more…)

16 Nov 2017

## Compare Text Fonts in Excel using VBA

Have you ever had the experience where one event causes you to remember something from years ago? This happened to me today while reading the New Yorker magazine. What does Lucas de Groot, a Dutch typeface designer, have to do with Excel’s VBA language? What is “Fontgate”? Well…read on and I’ll tell you! (more…)

08 Nov 2017

## Video 00167 Sliding Formula Ranges

Data lands in Microsoft Excel in many different structures. Data Analysts like me will often tell you to normalize your data before starting your analysis. This post contains three examples in which normalizing your data might not be necessary when doing a quick analysis. (more…)

07 Nov 2017

## Video 00166 Count Groups Above or Below Targets

This Excel puzzle almost sounds like it could be solved with a quick COUNTIFS function but it’s a bit more involved than that. Nevertheless, it doesn’t have to get complicated as it can still be solved using a few simple steps. (more…)

25 Sep 2017

## Toronto Indoor Ice Rinks

I stumbled across this interesting data-set that lists Toronto’s indoor ice rinks. I thought that it would be interesting to visualize the rink locations so I used Excel’s 3D Map feature. (more…)

29 Aug 2017

## Video 00164 Excel Magic Trick 1452 Max Monthly Customer

Customers can make multiple purchases per month. What is the maximum amount that a customer has spent in a single month? This was a video from the amazing Mike Girvin (Excelisfun). The question is clear, but how did Mike solve it? How would you solve it? (more…)

23 Aug 2017

## Video 00165 Show Column Header for Matrix Value

Last week I saw an interesting Excel puzzle from Leila Gharani on YouTube. Leila solved it using a sumproduct function. I made a video showing several different solutions. Wasif Mustafa sent me his 3 helper column solution. Then Oz du Soleil created a video showing two solutions. So many ways to solve it. (more…)

27 Jul 2017

## Video 00163 Creating a Weighted Random Dataset

It’s easy to create some random data using RANDBETWEEN and INDEX functions. But what if you want to create random data that favors or repeats some values over others? People have told me that they spend time copying and pasting or manually dragging the values to repeat them. Keep reading to see how we can automate this with just four easy steps! (more…)

01 Jul 2017

## 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s Marathon

One of the highlights of my life was travelling to the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to watch my sister, Krista DuChene, run in the women’s marathon. Her story is inspirational. Krista fractured her leg on April 28, 2014 during a half marathon and then in August of 2015 she broke a bone in her foot only one year before the Olympics.

26 Jun 2017

## I SEE “XLFN” !?!? WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Despite how amazing Excel is there are times when you’ll find yourself shaking with fear! For example, have you ever seen anything as scary as this  =ISERROR(FIND(_xlfn.CONCAT(\$A2:\$E2),_xlfn.CONCAT(\$I\$2:\$M\$6))) What is xlfn ??? (more…)